Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Sunflower Medallion Cutting

The Island Batik Ambassadors December challenge is Medallion quilts.  I've designed a new quilt, Sunflower Medallion for this project.  This is the last Island Batik Ambassador challenge for 2020.  

I'm cutting out the pieces from my stash, rather than from a particular collection.  This quilt will have a lot of blues, yellows, and orange.

As I cut out my pieces, I label each by color, size, shape, and identification letter.  They get sorted into little zipper bags for organization and easy access whilst sewing.

I pulled some of my fabric from these Island Batik stash builders rolls.  They are 5" x width of fabric strips and are so helpful when you are looking for just the right color. I see the perfect red orange peeking out at me in one of these rolls.

My Janome Memory Craft often becomes a fabric stand as I'm cutting.
And as usual, I'm cutting as many pieces as I can with my Accuquilt Go.  This is the 2-1/2" square die.  You can cut out 54 squares at a time with this die.  It's so fast!

This lovely orange fabric is called Pumpkin.  Isn't it gorgeous?  It's so ~ orangey.

Here I am cutting the Pumpkin fabric with one of my strip dies.  I have strip dies for 1-1/2", 2", and 2-1/2" widths.  They're so versatile.  You can cut across the whole width of fabric and get perfectly straight strips every time.  Then you can use them as is, or cut into smaller bits.  Definitely my most used Accuquilt dies.

I cut these strips into smaller strips.  So quick and easy.

I also changed my rotary blade before I started cutting this project.  There's nothing quite like a new blade.  It seems like I never notice how dull my blade is until I put on a new one.  I've been trying to change my blade once a month.  It's so nice to be able to cut easily and cleanly every time.  This is a big project.  I wasn't able to cut all the pieces out in one session.  Hopefully two will do it and then I can begin piecing.  How do you approach cutting out a new quilt?  Do you cut all the pieces at once, or a do a little as you sew along?  Do you have a die cutter, rotary cutter, or use templates?  Please leave a comment below.

Be creative ~ Sew something beautiful today.

Jennifer Thomas

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